March Madness is back! Democrats v. Dictators 2012

Play World Leader March Madness!! (Last year I had Putin winning my bracket…)

From Foreign Policy:

Defending champion Barack Obama is back to defend his title this year, hoping that a second straight victory could power him through November. President-elect Vladimir Putin, fresh off a controversial election victory, is looking for revenge. North Korea’s new supreme leader — and reported basketball enthusiast — Kim Jong Un, is looking to avenge his father’s defeat in last year’s competition. The Arab Spring revolutions have brought us both Tunisian Interim President Moncef Marzouki on the democrats’ side and Egypt’s military junta — the SCAF — facing off against regional powerhouse Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the first autocrat matchup. And Bibi’s back in the picture.

Notable first-round rivalries include Falklands/Malvinas pugilists David Cameron and Cristina Fern├índez de Kirchner, a demolition debt derby between Lucas Papademos and Angela Merkel, a battle of the reformist autocrats between Morocco’s King Mohammed VI and Myanmar’s Thein Sein, and an Middle Eastern Abdullah-Abdullah showdown.

The deadline for bracket submissions is 12 p.m. U.S. Eastern time, Thursday, March 15. The readers with the top 10 scores will receive a free one-year subscription to Foreign Policy. Let the madness begin!

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March Madness: Democrats vs. Dictators!

I never quite understood the hype around filling out March Madness brackets… until Foreign Policy decided to create their own with world leaders. Now I can’t wait to see Putin pitted against Kim Jong Il and Qaddafi against Abdulla Saleh.

The best rule? FP declared: A contestant will be automatically eliminated if their government is overthrown during the tournament.

Foreign Policy is accepting brackets until Monday, and winners get a free one-year subscription to the magazine’s print edition. Click here to print out your bracket and learn more about the contest!

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